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refers to a civic ideal virtue (Virtues) accentuating the simple, respectable life. The middle class employed it stereotypically in the 18th century to distinguish itself from the noble way of life. Since the late 18th century, the meaning of “honesty” has been restricted to “truthfulness/sincerity.” C.F. Gellert treats honor in the context of the Christian life as a basic term for the acceptance of the individual in public. G.C. Lichtenberg (Sudelbücher DI56; EI154; FI550) still mentions honesty as characteristic of middle-class self-expression, al…

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Harbeck-Pingel, Bernd, “Honesty”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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